2023 NFL Best Ball Draft 4.0 + Derek Carr Saints Reaction
The guys (@GamblingPodcast) break down their latest NFL best ball draft and Derek Carr Saints reaction.
Even though the Super Bowl was less than a month ago, football is still in the headlines from the NFL Draft Combine to Derek Carr talks picking. The long time Raiders quarterback will not be returning to Las Vegas and will be going to the New Orleans Saints for 37.5 million a year. This will have large implications on a hot quarterback market for guys like Daniel Jones and Lamar Jackson. Surprisingly enough, recent news make it seem that Aaron Rodgers will be back with the Packers as well.
The beauty of the offseason is all the questions which are not yet answered. Some of these are will Joe Mixon be back with the Bengals? As of right now this seems very unlikely. How will Desmond Ridder transcend in year two with Calvin Ridley back in the mix? The question marks around Calvin Ridley have been raising his draft stock, which is a little bit of an unusual reaction. Where will Miles Sanders end up? This question won’t be answered soon even though it seems like he will be back. However, the market needs to be first set by guys like Joe Mixon and Derrick Henry before Sanders can get a true grasp on how the market views him. Leonard Fournette is another guy who has to wait and see how the market perceives him.
Rookie receivers will be exciting this year as guys like Chris Olave had a good year last year. Jordan Addison, Zay Flowers, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba are big rookie names that should contribute right away. Addison had somewhat of a rough combine but looks to be one of the more NFL ready guys out of the receiver room in this draft. The quarterbacks in this draft could be interesting, perhaps not for best ball but for the future they can make some significant impact, especially a guy like Anthony Richardson.
Tight end is always tough position to pick from once you get out of the top 5 to top 8. However, guys like Isaiah Likely, Trey McBride, Cade Otton, and Juwan Johnson are good value you can get at the position in later rounds.
It is important to not overlook guys who are at the receiving end of an unanswered quarterback room. Players like Michael Pittman, Garrett Wilson, and Davante Adams may not know who their quarterback will be yet, but they will produce no matter who it is. Getting them before a quarterback is announced could be huge as their ADP may drop once the quarterback is known.
Underdog Fantasy Best Ball Lineups:
QBs: Justin Fields, CJ Stroud
RBs: Johnathan Taylor, Kenneth Walker, Cam Akers, Rachaad White, Deonta Foreman
WRs: Michael Pittman, JSN, Jordan Addison, Darnell Mooney, DPJ, John Metchie, Khalil Shakir, Velus Jones, Kyle Philips, Equanimeous St. Brown
TEs: Cole Kmet, Jelani Woods, Taysom Hill
QBs: Trey Lance, Kyle Trask
RBs: Christian McCaffrey, Derrick Henry, Jamaal Williams, Elijah Mitchell, Leonard Fournette, Tank Bigsby
WRs: Deebo Samuel, Chris Godwin, Brandon Aiyuk, Mike Evans, Rasheed Shaheed, Romeo Doubs, Nico Collins, Paris Campbell, Robert Woods, Mack Hollins
TEs: George Kittle, Cade Otton